Julio Urias is going through the rough stages of becoming a MLB pitcher.

For the second consecutive start, Urias was dismantled. He allowed seven runs on seven hits in just 2.1 innings. That came six days after Colorado hit him for six runs in four innings.

Roberts showed faith in Urias, leaving him in perhaps longer than he should’ve Saturday. There’s value in showing confidence that a young pitcher can navigate his struggles, but Urias was unable to escape unscathed.

Urias has allowed 23 hits in 23.1 innings this season. He has 14 walks to 11 strikeouts, as the command just hasn’t consistently been there. Despite only allowing one home run, Urias has allowed 14 earned runs. He’s been doomed by singles.

It’s possible Urias is demoted to work on his control. The Dodgers said he was promoted to stay when he was initially called up, but his slump is hurting the team’s chances to win. L.A. isn’t in a rebuild; it can’t afford to hurt itself for the sake of player development.

Tommy Lasorda is hospitalized, but stable

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